Struggling with Sin

We all sin, but it's a sign of spiritual maturity to struggle against it. What do we do when the temptation to sin is just overwhelming? How can we find deliverance?

Day One: Victory over Sin
The Bible presents several different resources to aid us in our effort to overcome sin. In this lifetime, we will never be perfectly victorious over sin (1 John 1:8), but that should still be our goal...
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Day Two: Overcoming Temptation
The Scriptures tell us that we all face temptations. First Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man." Perhaps this provides a little encouragement as we often feel that the world is bearing in on us alone, and that others are immune to temptations...
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For more, see: "What are the keys to resisting temptation?"

Day Three: Impulse Control
Impulse control is never easy. All of us struggle with overcoming sinful impulses. James says, "Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed" (James 1:14). Part of the human condition is to feel impulses...
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For more, see: "Trials and Temptations"

Day Four: Habitual Sins
The first thing to consider in how to overcome habitual sin is to note the change, or transformation, that takes place when a person is saved. The Bible describes the natural man as "dead in sin and trespasses" (Ephesians 2:1). As a result of Adam's fall into sin, man is born spiritually dead...
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For more, see: "Addicted to Sin"

Day Five: Stop Sinning
Every believer has, at one time or another, lamented his or her inability to stop sinning. While we tend to think the problem stems from weakness in ourselves, the inability to stop sinning usually indicates a deficiency in our understanding of God's strength...
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Day Six: Overcoming Lust
Most words in the Bible that are translated "lust" mean "a passionate desire." Strong desire can be either good or bad, depending upon the object of that desire and the motive behind it. God created the human heart with the capacity for passionate desire so that we would long after Him...
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For more, see: "Masturbation and Temptation"

Day Seven: Getting Thoughts under Control
Many Christians struggle with this issue, especially in our highly technological world, but taking control of our thoughts is essential. Proverbs 4:23 states, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life"...
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For more, see: "Toxic Thoughts: Christian Thought Control"

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Published 12-10-15